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John Bolton Reportedly Asked The Pentagon For Military Options To Hit Iran
President Donald Trump's national security advisor asked the Defense Department for military options to strike Iran last year, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.
Ambassador John Bolton made the request after Iranian-backed militia fighters mortared the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, according to the newspaper.
No information was available on Friday about what the military options were.
"The NSC coordinates policy and provides the president with options to anticipate and respond to a variety of threats," National Security Council spokesman Garrett Marquis said in a statement. "We continue to review the status of our personnel following attempted attacks on our Embassy in Baghdad and our Basra Consulate and will consider the full range of options to preserve their safety and our interests."
When asked about the Wall Street Journal story, a Pentagon spokesman did not answer directly.
"The Department of Defense is a planning organization and provides the president military options for a variety of threats; routinely reviewing and updating plans and activities to deal with a host of threats, including those posed by Iran, to deter and, if necessary, to respond to aggression," said Army Col. Rob Manning.
A U.S. official told Task & Purpose that the Defense Department does not provide any details on military options provided to the White House or discussions with the president.
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Investigation clears former Naval War College president, who offered free hugs and games of Twister, of misconduct
NEWPORT -- The Office of Naval Inspector General has cleared former Naval War College president Rear Adm. Jeffrey A. Harley of most of the allegations of misconduct claimed to have occurred after he took command of the 136-year-old school in July 2016, The Providence Journal has learned.
Harley, in one of a series of interviews with the The Journal, called the findings "deeply gratifying." He said many of the most sensational allegations -- "offers of 'free hugs' and games of Twister in his office" -- reflected a misunderstanding of his sense of humor, which he describes as "quirky," but which he says was intended to ease tensions in what can be a stressful environment.
The allegations, reported last year by the Associated Press, prompted a national controversy that led to Harley leaving the college presidency after almost three years in office.
The U.S. government failed to effectively account for nearly $715.8 million in weapons and equipment allocated to Syrian partners as part of the multinational counter-ISIS fight, according to a new report from the Defense Department inspector general.
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), has long been seen as an apologist for Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, whom she met during a secret trip to Damascus in January 2017.
Most recently, a video was posted on Twitter shows Gabbard evading a question about whether Assad is a war criminal.
Since Gabbard is the only actively serving member of the military who is running for president — she is a major in the Hawaii Army National Guard — Task & Purpose sought to clarify whether she believes Assad has used chlorine gas and chemical weapons to kill his own people.
The Army is almost doubling its purchase of new bolt-action Precision Sniper Rifles as its primary anti-personnel sniper system of choice, according to budget documents.
What's cooler than a single missile? How about a missile with a high-powered machine gun attached?
That's exactly what the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is working on, according to budget documents — and it wants $13 million to make it a reality.